Mission Statement: Promote and organize noncompetitive fitness activities that encourage lifelong fun, fitness and friendship for all ages and abilities.

Vision Statement: Increasingly engage Americans in lifelong walking and other noncompetitive physical fitness activities.

Values Statement: 1) Health and Safety 2) Volunteering and Public Service 3) Non-Competitive and Inclusive 4) Adventure and Camaraderie 5) Environmental Stewardship 6) Transparency and Accountability.

What is Volkssporting

The term “volkssport” is German for “sport of the people”. Volkssporting in the United States is sponsored by the American Volkssport Association (AVA) which has a nationwide, grassroots network of over 200 active clubs nationwide presenting more than 2,500 volkssporting events each year. We welcome people of any background, age, and ability to come participate in our noncompetitive sporting events. Set your own pace at any of our events whether it be walking, biking, swimming, canoeing, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing.

If you love to walk and meet new friends, join any of our walking clubs nationwide to find the perfect trail for you. No membership is required, only the motivation to walk! Bring your family, friends, and even pets on the beautiful, unique trails that the AVA offers.

Walking For Sport

Volkssporting is a great way to get out and see your surroundings. 

Walking For Health

Volksmarching helps with obesity, blood circulation, and much more.


As of March 26 the AVA National Office will be closed on Fridays until further notice. 

The AVA National Office (HQ) will be operating with an office skeleton crew during business hours until further notice in effort to limit contact with others for the safety of our customers and employees.  Visitors will not be allowed unless they have a pre-scheduled appointment with one of our employees.

All employees will be accessible via email during the hours of 9 am-5 pm. If you must talk or meet in person with someone from the office please email them to schedule an appointment in advance of your arrival.  Employees can be reached at:


Thank you for your patience as we work through these challenging times together.